Tig Notaro at Bumbershoot 2010
|Birth name||Mathilde O'Callaghan Notaro|
March 24, 1971 |
Jackson, Mississippi, U.S.
|Spouse||Stephanie Allynne (m. 2015)|
Mathilde "Tig" O'Callaghan Notaro (born March 24, 1971) is an American stand-up comic, writer, radio contributor, and actress. She is known for her deadpan comedy. Her acclaimed album Live was nominated in 2014 for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards. The special Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted was nominated in 2016 at the 68th Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special. In 2017, the album of Boyish Girl Interrupted was nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Comedy Album at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.
Notaro was born in Jackson, Mississippi. Her mother was born in New Orleans. Notaro was raised in Pass Christian, Mississippi, until kindergarten. Her family later moved to Spring, Texas, a suburb of Houston. She has a brother, Renaud Notaro, who is a year older than she and is a radio talk show host.
Notaro's work promoting bands took her to Los Angeles, where she tried stand-up for the first time in the late '90s. Notaro has since been featured on Comedy Central Presents and on The Sarah Silverman Program as a lesbian police officer. She collaborates frequently with writing partner Kyle Dunnigan. With Dunnigan and David Huntsberger, she co-hosted the podcast Professor Blastoff from May 2011 until July 2015.
In 2012, Notaro appeared on the Conan television show, and in May of that year on the live episode of This American Life, which was broadcast to theaters nationwide and on radio in edited form. She performed a monologue about having encountered Taylor Dayne on multiple occasions, greeting her each time with, "Excuse me, I'm sorry to bother you, but I just have to tell you. I love your voice." After her monologue, Dayne made a surprise appearance, serenading Notaro with the song "I'll Always Love You". She worked on fellow comedian Amy Schumer's Comedy Central series Inside Amy Schumer. Also in 2012, Notaro did a Kickstarter-funded series called Clown Service written by and starring Notaro.
Notaro wrote a memoir for HarperCollins imprint Ecco called I'm Just a Person, and there is a Showtime documentary made about her life that chronicled her post-cancer stand-up tour called Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro.
In July 2015, a Netflix movie called Tig, which chronicles Notaro's attempts to become pregnant with her fiancée, Stephanie Allynne, was also released. The singer Sharon Van Etten wrote a song in homage to Notaro called "Words" that is shown in the credits.
In November 2015, Notaro co-wrote, produced, and starred in a semi-autobiographical TV pilot for Amazon Video called One Mississippi. The show received a six-episode series order from Amazon a month later. The show follows Notaro's character as she returns to her hometown of Bay Saint Lucille, Mississippi, after her mother's unexpected death.
Her first stand-up one-hour special was released by HBO in 2015, Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted. In 2016, it was released as her third album on her own label, Bentzen Ball Records, which also put out Aparna Nancherla's Just Putting It Out There.
On her approach to comedy (and whether she considers herself a dark comic): "I'm always going to do whatever I think is funniest. If something's dark, I'll do it. If it's a sock puppet, if it's a stool, I'll do it. There's no preconceived idea of who I think I might be now." Notaro said that since her cancer diagnosis, she has shifted not to darker comedy but rather to personal comedy. Previously she was more distant and observational, but now she reflects on her childhood and her life.
Notaro sometimes discusses her romantic relationships in her act but tries to maintain a level of privacy. Notaro met her wife, Stephanie Allynne, on the set of the movie In a World... They became engaged on January 1, 2015, and were married on October 24, 2015. They welcomed twin sons, Max and Finn, on June 26, 2016, conceived using Allynne's eggs via a surrogate.
Notaro plays the guitar and drums and says she is an avid music fan who was in bands when she was younger. "Tig" is a childhood nickname given to her by her brother when she was two years old.
Notaro was diagnosed with cancer in both breasts on July 30, 2012. On August 3, she addressed her recent cancer diagnosis and other personal difficulties during her live stage show at Largo in Los Angeles. The set has been described as "instantly legendary," with many comedians praising her work.
The next day, comedian Louis C.K. called Notaro, telling her he wanted to release the audio of the show. She was uncomfortable with the idea at first but decided the material could help people, so she agreed. C.K. made audio of the performance available that October for download on his site under the title Live. Notaro later released the audio (with booklet) on iTunes.Live ended up selling more copies than Kiss' album Monster, which debuted the same week, something Notaro said she never dreamed could happen. She was a fan of the band in her youth.
Notaro later had a double mastectomy with no reconstructive surgery. Notaro opted out of chemo but decided to continue treatment with hormone blocking. After a show in Philadelphia, Notaro was hospitalized and required surgery for a cyst.
In November 2014, as part of the New York Comedy Festival, Notaro did a set at Town Hall in New York City wherein she performed part of the set topless. The New York Times described it: "She showed the audience her scars and then, through the force of her showmanship, made you forget that they were there. It was a powerful, even inspiring, statement about survival and recovery, and yet, it had the larky feel of a dare."
|2009||The Tig Series||Short; also director, writer, executive producer|
|2010||Lez Chat||Announcer||Short; also director, writer|
|2010||We Are the World 25.75||Herself||Short|
|2010||Christmas Lady Marmalade||Herself||Short|
|2011||Crying in Public||Coffee Shop Crier||Short|
|2013||In a World...||Cher|
|2014||Walk of Shame||Impound Woman|
|2014||Clown Service||Tig||Short; also director, co-writer, executive producer|
|2015||Rubberhead||Girl 4||Segment: "Lisa"|
|2015||Knock Knock, It's Tig Notaro||Herself||Documentary; also writer, executive producer|
|2015||Tig||Herself||Documentary; also executive producer|
|2016||The Fun Company||Jade||Short|
|2004||Movies at Our House||Herself||3 episodes|
|2004||Comedy Central Presents||Herself||Episode: "Tig"|
|2006||Dog Bites Man||Leigh Roy||Episode: "Assignment: Undercover Homosexual"|
|2007-2010||The Sarah Silverman Program||Tig||9 episodes|
|2008||Held Up||Homeless Translator||TV movie|
|2008||Biography||Herself||Episode: "Sarah Silverman"|
|2009||In the Motherhood||Rhoda||4 episodes|
|2009||Back on Topps||Mom||Episode: "Rejuvenated"|
|2010||MTV Movie Awards||Writer|
|2010||Community||Bartender||Episode: "Mixology Certification"|
|2011||The Life & Times of Tim||Receptionist (voice)||Episode: "The Model from Newark/Tim's Hair Looks Amazing"|
|2012||The Office||Single Mom||Episode: "Test the Store"|
|2012||This American Life Live!: Invisible Made Visible||Herself||TV movie|
|2012||Stand Down: True Tales from Stand-Up Comedy||Herself||Episode: "Tig Notaro Creates an Emergency"|
|2012||Susan 313||Beth Ann||NBC pilot|
|2013||Bob's Burgers||Jody (voice)||Episode: "Boyz 4 Now"|
|2013||Inside Amy Schumer||Tig||2 episodes; also writer|
|2013||Why We Laugh: Funny Women||Herself||TV documentary|
|2013-2014||Comedy Bang! Bang!||Police Officer||2 episodes|
|2014||56th Grammy Awards Pre-Telecast Ceremony||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2014||Suburgatory||Rebecca Dunn||Episode: "Dalia Nicole Smith"|
|2014||Maron||Sydney||Episode: "Mouth Cancer Gig"|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Pumpernickel Place Producer||Episode: "Rule 34"|
|2014-2017||Clarence||Sue / Annie (voice)||5 episodes|
|2015||Sundance Film Festival Closing Night Awards Ceremony||Herself (host)||TV special|
|2015||Tig Notaro: Boyish Girl Interrupted||Herself||Stand-up special; also director, writer, executive producer|
|2015||No, You Shut Up!||Herself||Episode: "Jiggle the Handle"|
|2015||Adventure Time||Purple Comet (voice)||Episode: "The Comet"|
|2015-2017||One Mississippi||Tig Bavaro||12 episodes; also creator, writer, director, executive producer|
|2016||Lady Dynamite||Herself||Episode: "Loaf Coach"|
|2016||The Jim Gaffigan Show||Gomez||Episode: "Ugly"|
|2017||Hollywood Horror Stories||Herself||Episode: "Tig Notaro"|
|2017||The Gorburger Show||Herself||Episode: "Gorbabies"|
|2018||Tig Notaro: Happy To Be Here||Herself||Stand-up special; also director, writer, executive producer|
|2018||2 Dope Queens||Series director|
|2018||Fresh Off the Boat||Ms. Doris||2 episodes|
|2018||New Girl||Episode: "Where the Road Goes"|
|2018||Star Trek: Discovery||Chief Engineer Denise Reno|